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Poll: Obama World's Most Admired

President Barack Obama
(TriceEdney) - Americans named President Barack Obama and former Secretaryof State Hillary Clinton as the world’s most admired living man and woman in 2013, according to a Gallup poll releasedat the close of the year.

President Obama topped the annual list for the sixth consecutive year, a typical ranking for a sitting U.S. president, the polling organization noted. However, he got fewer votes. The percentage of those surveyed who chose him as the most admired man fell to 16 percent thisyear, down from 30 percent in 2012 — a reflection of the changein his job approval rating.

That public rating dropped during a year marked by a botchedhealth care rollout and his inability to overcome the congressiona lblockade to his legislative initiatives during the first year of his second term. Clinton earned the top spot among most admired women for the 12th consecutive year and 18th time overall, more than any other woman in the poll’s history.

Fifteen percent of Americans surveyed gave the former secretaryof state, U.S. senator and first lady the highest ranking, down from 21 percent who named her as the most admired woman last year, the poll stated.Gallup said its data came from a poll of 1,031 adults inearly December and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Besides President Obama, other men who made the list included former U.S. presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; Pope Francis and the Rev. Billy Graham; actor and director Clint Eastwood; Microsoft Corp. co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

The women who finished behind Mrs. Clinton included media mogul Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and actress Angelina Jolie. Also on the list were Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for demanding education for girls, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.

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